Cardiac arrest can strike even those who appear to be in overall good health. However, there are few conditions that can increase a person's likelihood of having a heart attack as well as higher life insurance premiums.
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association says that approximately 80 percent of those who go into cardiac arrest have coronary heart disease or some other cardiac conditions. People who have a history of chest pain or shortness of breath may also be at an increased risk.
One way to save a person's life in the event of cardiac arrest is CPR. The American Heart Association has devised a new guidelines for administering the life-saving procedure.
"Despite our success, the research behind the guidelines is telling us that more people need to do CPR to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest, and that the quality of CPR matters, whether it's given by a professional or non-professional rescuer," says AHA president Ralph Sacco.
The new guidelines include performing chest compressions first, even before listening for normal breathing. Furthermore, the AHA recommends that non-professionals attempt hands-only CPR.